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Kasabian
Kasabian
RCA Records
www.kasabian.co.uk


The revolution has finally arrived at my doorstep. The limeys have gotten their claws into what is best about electronica and made it wholly their own. As expected, they've outdone everyone previous and upped the ante. Kasabian are the forefront of the new electronica - the electronica that rocks your fucking head off. This is epic rock music presented in an evenly balanced sonic atmosphere, steering away from the bass heavy four-on-the-floor of most electronica, and turning instead to real songwriting and real interactive musical parts.

Drawing from the history of 90's Britpop and recreating it into their very own iconoclastic musical image, Kasabian is immediately loveable and easily listenable. "Club Foot" is a legendary album opener, recalling more of an Oasis style vibe than even Noel Gallagher can pull out of his arse these days. "Processed Beats" culls from the soulful and groove-oriented works of The Stone Roses in their "Fool's Gold" heyday. "Reason Is Treason" should have been the first single from this album in my opinion. It's a catchy riff-inspired piece of rock that will undoubtedly stand the test of time. Catchy, noisy, and more than a bit hypnotic in it's near-disco produced drum sounds. Stepping away from the pop ethos into a more abstract musical concept, Kasabian explore altered rhythmic intercourse, lush pads, and bleeps and blips of a coarser kind on "I.D.". "Orange" is a grander interlude, feisty in martial attitude, which leads nicely into the bright and crisp sound of "L.S.F." There are no sleepers on this record - only a collection of amazingly well conceived and recorded songs that will forever alter the way that rock music comes from across the pond.

So, to summarize: this is the epic British rock of Oasis (and contemporaries) made for a modern ear. More keyboards, less guitars… but the exact same sense of style, purpose, and indomitable musicianship that made those bands the crop of greatest musicians since the Who first began making records and thrashing small clubs. The blending of musical styles, creating a new sub-genre of Britpop, is captivating and intoxicating. The musical world will never be the same.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. Club Foot
2. Processed Beats
3. Reason Is Treason
4. I.D.
5. Orange
6. L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)
7. Running Battle
8. Test Transmission
9. Pinch Roller
10. Cutt Off
11. Butcher Blues
12. Ovary Stripe
13. U Boat


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